Data protection and FOI

Update on GDPR: the Data Protection Bill

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The Government has published its Data Protection Bill, giving some additional considerations for employers to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force next May. More …

Queen's Speech 2017 – what is the impact on Employment law?

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In the Queen's Speech yesterday, many of the Conservative Manifesto pledges relating to Employment law have been dropped, and even those that remain are mentioned in extremely vague terms. More …

Wearable technology at work: why HR needs to get involved

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Jon Belcher, Senior Solicitor in our Data Protection team and Charlotte Marshall, Trainee Solicitor in our Employment law team, look at the increasing use of wearable technology at work (such as Apple watches, Google Glass and Fitbit), considering the legal issues that are raised and how HR should be responding. More …

The new General Data Protection Regulation is (almost) here

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Once it is formally signed off, which is likely to be later in January, there will be a two-year period before the Regulation becomes law. This means the new rules will be with us from early 2018. More …

European data protection reform: where are we now?

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If it feels like we’ve been talking about reform of the EU’s data protection regime for years, it’s because we have. And the reforms are still not complete. More …

Enforced subject access requests a criminal offence as of 10 March 2015

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Since 10 March 2015 it has been a criminal offence, contrary to section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), for an employer to require an individual to use their subject access rights under the DPA to provide certain records as a condition of employment. More …

Companies that make nuisance calls and send spam texts to face fines of up to £500,000

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The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has today announced that it plans to introduce changes that will make it easier to take action against companies that make nuisance calls and send spam text messages. More …

ICO given new powers to audit the NHS

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Until 1 February 2015, the Information Commissioner’s powers to conduct a compulsory audit of data protection compliance under section 41A of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”), were limited to central government departments only. More …

The highest court in Europe confirms that domestic CCTV can be caught by data protection law

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On 11 December 2014 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a significant ruling that confirms that data protection legislation will apply to CCTV installed by a person on his family home for the purpose of protecting the property, health and life of the home owners if it also monitors a public space. More …

Data protection: First case on compensation and guidance on subject access requests

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The Court of Appeal has recently given judgment in what is believed to be one of the first cases addressing the issue of compensation for distress under s13(2) of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). S13(2) provides that an individual who suffers distress by reason of any breach of the requirements of the DPA is entitled to compensation if the individual also suffers damage. More …